“Thank you for letting me be a Dad for one day and not just another prisoner.”
There are over 350,000 children under the age of 18 who have an incarcerated or ex-offender parent. The punishment aspect of the prison sentence is imposed on children and spouses as well as the inmate. Our Christmas program has a double benefit; it provides love and reassurances for the children but also can be a key element in the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of the inmate. The incarcerated Mom or Dad can still feel connected to their family and the family can show they still acknowledge the inmate. Partner churches all across Canada process an application with gift suggestions and a personal message to the child from their incarcerated parent. Locally, the church volunteers have a chance to meet new neighbours, provide support to the family, and indeed, welcome them into the congregation. Our motto is serving life which talks to both the servant aspect of our work and also to the commitment needed to truly make a difference in the lives of these incarcerated men and women and, perhaps even more importantly, their children’s lives. We need volunteers during this busy Christmas season.
Will you become a ‘lifer’ with us?
Prison Fellowship is a Canadian national faith-based, non-governmental organization serving in prison ministry for over 30 years and is compelled by faith to do the transforming work of justice for those affected by crime in communities across Canada in an unforgiving era. We are a trans-denominational Christian organization with volunteers across Canada and are a member of Prison Fellowship International, which has 117 ministries around the world.
Wherever people are incarcerated or facing difficulty as a family member or a community attempting to restore...
Fed, clothed and housed by Corrections Canada, each inmate’s physical needs are taken care of...
I want to thank you for giving my little girls this extra bit of happiness this year. It means so much to me that there are people out there like you who care enough about women like me to help me in this time of need. I can’t describe how it feels to know my daughters will know I am thinking of them and feel loved. Thank you so much. This is truly a blessing.
Jennifer, an Inmate